Music Scene

Louise McQuade

Goodnight Rainy Boy Sleep

Musician Stevie Martin, also known as Rainy Boy Sleep, was a talent often tipped for success.

Musician Stevie Martin, also known as Rainy Boy Sleep, was a talent often tipped for success.

Tributes have been paid to young Lifford musician Stevie Martin, also known as Rainy Boy Sleep, whose body has been found weeks after he went missing.

Police and family of the Co Donegal-born singer had been growing increasingly concerned for his welfare after he was last seen in the Derry area in mid-July. Officers have now said that the 29-year-old’s body was found last Saturday.

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Long a fixture of the music scene in Northern Ireland, 29-year old Martin was a talent often tipped for success. He shared stages with Cyndi Lauper, James Morrison and Ray Davies as well as performing at Glastonbury on numerous occasions. Such a sad loss.

Singer songwriter Glen Hansard. Photo: haak78/Shutterstock.com

Singer songwriter Glen Hansard. Photo: haak78/Shutterstock.com

Glen Hansard to play extra Dublin show

WITH his two forthcoming shows at Vicar Street next month selling out, Glen Hansard will return to the same venue in November with a full band in tow.

If you check out the list of shows on Glen Hansard’s Facebook you’ll see the singer songwriter is racking up the air miles, luckily for local fans there’s also some Dublin dates in the schedule and now an additional date in November.

Tickets went on sale on Thursday, so be quick.

The Boomtown Rats will be playing in the Mandela Hall in Belfast next year.

The Boomtown Rats will be playing in the Mandela Hall in Belfast next year.

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Boomtown Rats in Belfast

THE Boomtown Rats are pleased to announce a Belfast headline show at Mandela Hall on March 24, 2017.

Having celebrated their 40th anniversary earlier this year, they are back to mark the anniversary of their debut single ‘Looking After Number One’ as it’s 40 years since it was first released.

LISTEN TO THESE

NORMALLY on a weekly basis I share a new artist to check out, however over the past two weeks I started a playlist by selecting a couple of tracks for you to check out from some of the artists I’ve shared over the last few months.

All artists are available to listen to on either Spotify and Soundcloud for free, so if you’ve got the apps or sitting at a computer or on a laptop give them a listen. I’d love to hear some feedback so check out the post on New Music NI Facebook and feel free to leave a comment.

Jack Garratt – Weathered
Featured in November ’15, most of us will have heard of Jack Garratt now at this stage. Since he was featured he’s won a Brit award, played all sorts of worldwide festivals and had a Top Three debut album. Anyone heading to Electric Picnic can catch him there.

Honne – Treat You Right
Featured in February, Honne have just released their debut album Warm on a Cold Night. No local dates planned.

Gallant – Weight in Gold
Featured in June with a voice to die for. Nothing local planned but debut album currently available.

DMA’s – Delete
Featured in February, these Aussie rockers are for fans of Britpop.

James Cherry – Why Don’t You Listen
Featured in May and gathering support from the likes of the BBC.

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